HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — The Somers Point bike path was recently renamed Purple Heart Way by the City Council of Somers Point to honor the Purple Heart veterans of Atlantic County.

Students from the Atlantic County Institute of Technology’s computer-aided drafting and design class have been working with a number of Purple Heart recipients from Atlantic County to design display boards to honor this group of veterans. The five boards not only honor the veterans via words and text, but also with a QR code that allows people to use their cellphone to scan and find out more about each veteran’s story.

A dozen Purple Heart veterans visited ACIT Wednesday to meet the students and view prototypes of the boards they designed.

The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in combat.

Veteran Marco Polo Smigliani, of Egg Harbor Township has been involved in the program from the start.

“This is a sacred project that will live forever,” he said. “The future destiny of our country rests in the hands of our youth. I’m overwhelmed with what you have done.”

“A lot of work and effort went into these boards,” said ACIT senior Joseph Gonzalez, of Hammonton. “We are proud to honor you and all veterans. We have such respect and gratitude for all who sacrificed so much.”

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